Brian Friel

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Repeal the Eighth: there is no compassion if we cannot ask “What if that were me?” Photograph: Tom Honan

What it comes down to is a difference of three letters and one question mark. It’s the difference between What If? and As If. Everyone old enough to v(...)

Aisling O’Sullivan and Brian Doherty in Annabelle Comyn’s production of ‘The Wake’, by Tom Murphy, at the Abbey Theatre in 2016. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

In 2006, during a public interview, Tom Murphy enumerated the three most common questions asked of a playwright: How do you write a play? What’s your (...)

Martin Giles and Molly Carden in Translations at Washington DC’s Studio Theatre. Photograph: Teresa Wood.

Brian Friel’s masterpiece of miscommunication, Translations, explores the complex dance between language, place and self. As an immigrant from Belfast(...)

Footlights: Tyrone Guthrie in the early 1960s. Photograph: Hulton-Deutsch/Corbis via Getty

In 2012 the Guardian’s veteran theatre critic Michael Billington named TyroneIn 2012 the Guardian’s veteran theatre critic Michael Billington named Ty(...)

In a word . . . Gimp

What a day! Little Christmas. Women’s Christmas. Orthodox Christmas Eve. Feast of the Epiphany. It hardly seems fair that January 6th should be so end(...)

Maurice Hayes: He had a great love and knowledge of literature, and with a photographic memory could quote his favourite poets and writers

Coming out of midnight Mass in Bryansford on Sunday night, P J McElroy spoke to journalist Dan Keenan about fellow Co Down man Dr Maurice Hayes who di(...)

Pianist John O’Conor at his home in Rathgar, Dublin 6. Photograph: Alan Betson

On Sunday night, pianist Dr John O’Conor will receive the NCH Lifetime Achievement Award 2017. The event will be a gala concert in honour of his uniqu(...)

End of an era: Jimmy O’Dea points to the audience as the final curtain falls at the Theatre Royal in Dublin, in 1962. Photograph: Gordon Standing

Video may have killed the radio star, and streaming may or may not be making cinemas change their tune – see the gorgeous-looking new Stella Theatre i(...)

Former Gate Theatre director Michael Colgan: seven women ex-employees claimed frequent inappropriate touching, highly sexualised comments and workplace bullying. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

On a dry, warm Wednesday evening in August 2012, a group of Gate Theatre employees gathered for a dinner party in the well-appointed Dublin home of Mi(...)

As the country emerged in a somewhat uplifted mood after the commemoration of 1916, you couldn’t but be struck by the analogies between the two Irelands, of Then and Now. Illustration: Paul Scott

Our national poet WB Yeats said that every Irish writer had a decision to take: whether to express Ireland or exploit it. In his day, the choice lay b(...)

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